DENMARK – Northern Europe is now home to two brand new state-of-the-art flavour innovation labs thanks to investments by IFF, a global leader in solutions for food and drinks, health, biosciences, and scent.

The new sweet and culinary flavour production labs are part of IFF’s  312,150-square-foot facility in Brabrand, Denmark, which has been operational since 1964.

The expanded facility will enable local and regional manufacturers to work in close partnership with a new team of flavorists who will introduce the latest modulation technologies and develop solutions for the beverage, bakery, dairy, snacks, culinary, bars and confectionery end markets.

To deliver on their goals, the flavourists will have access to IFF’s latest research innovations, particularly in plant-based and biotechnology.

They will also have access to resources like pilot plant manufacturing, ingredient expertise and evaluation studios, creating the perfect environment for end-to-end product design.

“Working with an extensive library of proprietary flavor ingredients they will create exciting and unique flavor experiences for consumers, especially in areas such as masking, sweetness and umami,” IFF said.

Jan Bechtel, regional president of Nourish Europe, IFF noted that the expanded facility was a testament to the company’s continued investment in innovation to meet evolving consumer expectations.

 “We will continue to build on our deep expertise and scientific knowledge and invest in tools and products to bring what matters most to consumers in the market: creating the next generation of delicious, healthy and experiential food and beverages,” he added.

The Brabrand innovation hub is home to more than 400 employees engaged in research, application development, ingredient and flavor creation.

Its strategic to IFF as it is in a location that “helps us better understand local market preferences and deliver trending global flavors,” said Laurens Reiber, creative director, Nourish Europe, IFF.

The new flavour labs follow the completion of the Culinary Design Center last summer in Denmark.

Together, the investments are the company’s latest investment in R&D to develop winning solutions that meet customer and market needs with speed, agility and creativity.

“We’re thrilled to launch these flavor labs,” Reiber said. “Now we’re investing further to boost our speed-to-market capabilities and to bring greater value to our partners.”

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